There are at least three RIT Alumni that were considered “Dead”.
- Tone Kyaw Hla Min
- Tone Kyaw Han Sein
- Tone Kyaw Dr. Tin Hlaing
Tone Kyaw Hla Min
More than three decades ago, I became a Tone Kyaw.
- We went to the [now defunct] Kyandaw Cemetery to pay last respect to my colleague and name sake Ko Hla Min (SPHS64, EP70, UCC), who unexpectedly passed away in his mid-30s.
- He is known to his colleagues as “Pauk Si”.
During his SPHS days, he would get Pauk Si from the Pauk Si vendor, who could not pay back the loan taken from his father.
- He went to St. Paul’s High School, graduated from RIT, worked for UCC (Universities’ Computer Center) as Chief Operator, and taught “Introduction to Computers and Programming” at Worker’s College. He studied in the UK where he met his love life Daw Tin Tin Win, who was taking advanced Nursing training.
- He was strong and healthy, but he succumbed at an early age to liver failure [a consequence of Viral Hepatitis].
He was treated by Dr. Min Lwin (Maurice Hla Kyi (SPHS64)),
- He was afraid of hospitals, even though his wife is a nurse.
- On his bed side, he reminded us to take care of the parents, the sayas and ourselves.
- As we approached the cemetery, Ko Moe Hein (ChE69, Ajala) looked as if he has seen a ghost.
Asked why, he explained: “I’ve come to bury you. I learnt from some people that you had died. But, your brother [at work] did not say a word and he did not seem to care. So I took leave and came here, because I thought you would need a friend like me by your side.”
- Ajala represented RIT in swimming and water polo. He regularly finished the Inya cross-lake 2000 meters swimming contests.
- He is a staunch and loud supporter for RIT teams. His voice easily drowns those supporting the other teams.
- Ko Moe Hein would have had a bigger laugh had he known that two departments where I had given guest lecture called UCC to say that they had bought wreaths for me.
- They did not know that there were two Hla Min at UCC with similar background. Both studied at SPHS and RIT, and have spouses in the medical and nursing profession.
- A student from one department said, “It must be true that people who are about to die laugh a lot. U Hla Min told a lot of jokes.”
- A student from the other department said, “U Hla Min look weak and tired. No wonder he passed away.”
- I became a Tone Kyaw (literally meaning “leapt over a log”).
- May be fate had it that I should survive such incidents to be able to write posts and pay back to my alma mater, my mentors and my beloved land.
Tone Kyaw Han Sein
- The Class of 69 compiled a booklet for the “30th Anniversary of the Graduation”.
- Ko Han Sein (C69) was inadvertently listed in GBNF (Gone But Not Forgotten).
- Most classmates were not aware that Ko Han Sein was a victim of the 8-8-88 movement and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
- Ko Han Sein was released by one Amnesty Declaration.
- He is a Tone Kyaw.
- He regularly attends the 69er Gatherings and serves as a volunteer photographer (with expertise in special effects).
- Sadly, he passed away in 2020.
Tone Kyaw Dr. Tin Hlaing
- Saya Dr. Tin Hlaing (M65, Singapore) recently became a TONE KYAW when his namesake Saya Dr. Tin Hlaing (Marine Technologies, Singapore passed away.
- Several alumni sent condolences to Saya. A few deleted their wrong postings about Saya’s demise.
- Since there were two Saya Tin Hlaings (one from M59, and one from M63), the younger Saya would be known as “R Tin Hlaing” and “Byte Tin Hlaing”.
- The elder Saya Tin Hlaing passed away before he could go abroad for treatment. Sadly there were only two dialysis machines in Burma. Both machines at the Mingaladon Base Military Hospital were reserved for VIPs.